A friend just called and told me he was crocheting!! He is coming to visit for Thanksgiving and wants me to show him how to knit. This is very exciting as I am hoping it will be something he grows to like and it will keep his hands busy instead of holding cigarettes!! When I talked to him he was excited that he was actually able to create something. I told him that is part of what draws me to knitting is that I MADE IT!! I doubt I will ever become the knitter some of you other posters are but the fact that I am able to make something that is not only attractive but useful is hugely satisying.
Last weekend I went, for the first time, to the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair near Asheville, NC. As I am a new knitter I did not think I would be there long, maybe a couple hours max partly due to the fact my partner was coming with and he is not a knitter. Long story short we were there about 4 hours the first day and 3 hours the next day. There were fiber vendors from all over and there were a number of classes that were offered too. First off there was an amazing array of ready to knit fiber as well as unspun fiber. They had alpaca, llama, sheep, and angora rabbits there as well, the animals as well as their fiber. Probably the coolest part was watching the animal to loom demonstration. They should all the steps on how the fiber makes it to the loom. I had been interested in spinning myself and while there learned the basics of using a drop spindle. Surprisingly, my partner showed quite an interest in weaving! I think because it involves machinery and is more technical at least in set up (IMO) he was more interested. Check out the site saffsite.org , did not know how to make a link. I have already spun my first 4oz of wool and will be working toward making it knittable. Yesterday I bought a pound of wool to spin once I get my spindle clear. Will be working to finish my 3rd scarf by Thanksgiving as it is for a friend who is coming to visit....cashemere, so soft!!